[Pnews] Intensified Collective Punishment Measures: 11 Palestinian Martyrs, 3000 Injured Persons - more than 350 Detainees since Trump’s Declaration on Jerusalem

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Mon Dec 18 17:30:49 EST 2017


  Intensified Collective Punishment Measures: 11 Palestinian Martyrs,
  3000 Injured Persons and more than 350 Detainees since Trump’s
  Declaration on Jerusalem

17 December 2017

The occupying force continues with a concerted campaign of arrests, 
which intensified immediately after President Trump’s announcement 
regarding Jerusalem on 6 December. Friday 15 December 2017 witnessed 
several protests organized by Palestinians which were all repressed by 
Israeli occupation forces through extra used of force and unrest arrest 
campaign during the protests and after them. In fact, only between 
Thursday evening 14 December and early hours of Sunday 17 December, 
Israeli occupation forces arrested around 59 Palestinians from different 
areas in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Those detainees included two 
women, 8 children, a journalist and a lawyer. Furthermore, the arrest 
campaign is widespread and include several arrest mechanisms, some of 
the detainees are arrested during protests, some on checkpoints and 
others from their homes.

·         East Jerusalem: In the past few days Israeli occupation forces 
have arrested 26 Palestinians including two women and four children. 
Thursday evening soldiers arrested the two women, Refqa Qawasmi and 
Rihana Odeh, from Damascus Gate during a peaceful protest against 
Trump’s decision. Also, in the morning of Saturday 16 December, Israeli 
occupation forces arrested the four children, 16-year-old Sultan Ashour, 
15-year-old Mahmoud Taha, 14-year old Muhammad Hamadeh and 16-year-old 
Adnan Siyam from the Old City of Jerusalem. Some of those detainees, 
including the two women, were given extension detention hearings until 
18 December 2017.

·         Ramallah: The number of detainees from Ramallah reached 8 in 
the past few days. Two of those detainees were arrested from protests 
near Bait El checkpoint, one on Thursday 14 December, Mohammad Abu Ali 
from Jenin and the other on Friday 15 December, the 15-year-old Mutassem 

·         Hebron: The record shows that 9 Palestinians from Hebron were 
detained in the past few days, they were arrested during protests in the 
city and around it. On Friday 15 December, Israeli occupation forces 
arrested the journalist Bilal al-Tawel when he was covering the protest 
in the old city of Hebron. Israeli occupation forces also arrested 
several young men like Mu’ayad Abu Shanab and Muhannad Jaradat, they 
also arrested the lawyer Firas Ameen A’qel this morning.

·         Jenin: There are 5 detainees from Jenin only in the past days 
and they include two children. On Friday 15 December Israeli occupation 
forces arrest 13-year-old Abed al-Kareem Yassien and 15-year-old 
Muhammad Lutfi Melhem from A’aneen village. In addition to this, 
Saturday Evening 16 December, forces arrested three other protected 
persons, two of them were arrested on al-Jalama checkpoint.

·         Tubas: In the last few days Israeli occupation forces arrested 
5 Palestinians from Tubas including one child. Actually, the 
17-year-old Muhmmad Ayman Sherydeh was arrested on Friday 15 December.

·         Qalqilya: The young man Sami A’qel from Kufr Qaddum was 
arrested on a sudden flying checkpoint.

·         Tulkarm: The number of detainees from Tulkarm reached two and 
they were arrested on Friday 15 December during a protest near a Gate on 
the Apartheid Wall in Qefeen village.

In addition to this and as part of the collective punishment measures, 
Israeli occupation forces have raided Abu Dis university and damaged Abu 
Jihad Prisoners museum. Actually, this is the second time, Israeli 
occupation forces attack Abu Dis campus in the past week. Furthermore, 
Israeli occupation forces have been intensifying the use of force 
against protected persons, especially during protests. Most of the 
Palestinians detained in the past few days were violently beaten before 

In past few days, they intensified their attack on Palestinians and on 
their objects specifically university campuses. Israeli occupation 
forces in the past two weeks have increased the use of extra force 
against Palestinian protected civilians. Furthermore, these mass arrest 
and harassment campaigns are part of Israeli’s collective punishment 
measures that are in direct violation of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva 
Convention and Article 50 of the Hague Regulations which specifically 
prohibits collective punishment. Those measures are widespread and 
systematic and they target all Palestinians, whether men, women, 
children, or disabled persons. The records have proven an excessive use 
of force against Palestinians and unlawful extrajudicial killings, 
especially the killing of the disabled person Ibrahim Abu Therya from 
Gaza. According to international law, lethal force can only be used as a 
measure of last resort, and it must always be proportional and 
necessary. In the cases of the 11 Palestinian martyrs and 3000 injured 
persons, there was no proportionality or military necessity that would 
allow this use of force.[1] <#_ftn1>

As such, Addameer calls on the immediate release of all prisoners. In 
addition, we call on third state parties to immediately pressure the 
Israeli occupation authorities to respect their obligations under 
international humanitarian law and international human rights law. Most 
importantly, to allow Palestinians to practice their right in 
participating in peaceful protests and immediately stop this wave of 
violent excessive use of force against Palestinians.


[1] <#_ftnref1> Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law 
Enforcement Officials, Eighth UN Congress on Prevention of Crime and 
Treatment of Offenders, Havana, Cuba, 27 August- 27 September 1990, 
General Provision No. 9.

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